Arrested in Lackawanna, home of the infamous Lackawanna Six Muslim terrorists, Arafat Nagi, 44, is accused of attempting to support and join an Islamic terrorist organization ISIS. In two separate trips, Nagi traveled from Lackawanna to Turkey, the criminal complaint alleges, and he purchased items including military combat gear such as night vision goggles and black ISIS flags.
UPDATE Who is Arafat M. Nagi? Nagi, 44, is an American citizen who lived in a house on Olcott Avenue in Lacakwanna. Nagi said in Federal Court on Wednesday that he used to work as a delivery man for a medical supply company, but that he hasn’t worked since 2009. He is divorced and has a 23-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter. Nagi was arrested in 2013 for threatening to behead his daughter. (SEE NEW VIDEO BELOW)
Neighbors tell us this is a very quiet neighborhood. They say they have no idea why FBI would be investigating here. pic.twitter.com/F2CJfepoE6
— Katie Alexander (@KatieNews4) July 29, 2015
WIVB His first trip only lasted one day due to a medical issue but the second trip took place last July and lasted 10 days, Hochul said Wednesday morning. The complaint also alleges that the Lackawnna community said that Nagi espoused violent jihad and believed that he constituted a threat to those in the U.S.
Nagi could face 15 years in jail, a $250,000 fine, or both, if convicted of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing and Nagi’s communications are being analyzed.
It appears, according to authorities, that he was working alone in the states. It was described during Wednesday’s press conference how Isis and similar organizations due much of their recruitment and offer support from overseas via social media, including Twitter.
The search warrant was executed at a home near Olcott Street and Ingham Avenue. There were children in the home at the time Nagi was taken into custody. (Should have arrested them too)
The home is one block away from a home where two members of the Lackawanna Six lived. They were a group of six men who traveled to Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks for terrorist training.
Neighbors told News 4 that they were woken up by helicopters early Wednesday morning. One said having the FBI in the neighborhood is crazy and scary, because it’s a quiet neighborhood. One person News 4 spoke to said, “I’m confused. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on.” (Oh, noes, what possibly could go on in a muslim neighborhood known for harboring terrorists?)
Nagi is not the first to be prosecuted under terrorism charges in western New York. Last year, Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, was charged with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, as well as attempted murder of current and former members of the United States military, possessing firearms equipped with silencers in furtherance of a crime of violence, and two counts of receipt and possession of unregistered firearm silencers.